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Engesa EE-12

Light utility vehicle

Engesa EE-12

Engesa EE-12 light utility truck

Country of origin Brazil
Entered service ?
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 1.73 t
Maximum load 500 kg
Towed load 250 kg
Length 3.83 m
Width 1.9 m
Height 1.85 m
Engine General Motors 2.5-liter petrol, or Perkins 3.9-liter diesel
Engine power 85 / 90 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.6 m


   The EE-12 was developed by Engesa Engenheiros Especializados SA of Sao Paulo during the mid-1980s. It is a small vehicle which is claimed to have an excellent cross country performance.

   The vehicle is normally driven with an open top with only the forward-folding windscreen for cover. A canvas hood can be erected over a folding frame to provide weather protection for the driver and three passengers, the two removable side doors are canvas. A hard-top version was also available.

   Originally developed for an overseas customer, the EE-12 has a strong steel chassis frame with integral front and rear bumpers fitted with towing and lashing shackles, a towing pintle for light trailers or light weapons such as mortars is provided at the rear. Vehicle can tow trailers with a maximum weight of 250 kg. If required the rear bench seat can be removed to provide extra cargo stowage space. Standard equipment carried includes a spare wheel at the rear and one jerrican rack.

   Weapons such as machine guns can be mounted and a there is a special anti-tank version with a rearranged layout plus a split windscreen to accommodate a 106 mm recoilless rifle. Other variants include an anti-tank missile carrier, a communications vehicle, and a frontline ambulance carrying a single stretcher. The EE-12 is available powered by either a General Motors 151 2.5-liter petrol engine, developing 85 hp or a Perkins 3.9-liter diesel, developing 90 hp.

   The EE-12 has been exported in quantity to Angola (their versions feature a hard-topped body) and to Middle East countries; however this vehicle was not used by the Brazilian armed forces.

   Design team of the EE-12 also developed a similar vehicle, the Marrua. It is produced by Agrale of Brazil. The Marrua was also intended for Brazilian Army. This vehicle is available in a number of versions. Production of the Marrua commenced in 2004. First 100 vehicles were delivered to Brazilian army and marines for trials and evaluation. The Marrua was adopted by Brazilian armed forces in 2005.



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